The scientific journals apunts EDUCACIÓN FÍSICA Y DEPORTES (ISSN 1577-4015) and apunts EDUCACIÓ FÍSICA I ESPORTS (ISSN: 0214-8757), in its Spanish and Catalan versions, respectively, have been published on a quarterly basis continuously since 1985, sponsored by the Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya (INEFC).
This is a refereed journal that uses the system of external peer review (Double-Blind Peer Review) anonymously using the method of “double blind”.
To ensure the scientific quality of the journal contents, the editorial board carries out an initial screening of the received articles according to the extent to which they contribute a novelty approach. A large board of prestigious national and international experts subsequently revises the articles using the double blind system, according to their area of expertise and to the crieteria of originality, relevance and applicability. Rigour and the quest for excellence have made apunts EDUCACIÓN FÍSICA Y DEPORTES into a landmark publication in education and sports in the Latin-American area. We currently receive over 100 articles every year, and the rejection rate is at 53%. The average number of published articles is 11 per issue, or 44 per year.
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. All works and materials are Creative Commons licensed.
The journal apunts does not have either article submission charges or article processing charges (APCs).
Having celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2010, apunts EDUCACIÓN FÍSICA Y DEPORTES closed 2011 with the awarding of qualification B in the CARHUS Plus+ 2010 index. According to the 2009 study developed by RESH (Revistas Españolas de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades), an information system integrating a number of quality indicators for Spanish Social Sciences and Humanities journals, apunts EDUCACIÓN FÍSICA Y DEPORTES holds the first position in terms of the opinions of experts. This indicator has been made up from a survey of 11.000 Spanish professors and researchers.
We are currently working towards inclusion of the journal in the prestigious SSCI (Social Sciences Citation Index) by Thomas Reuters, and Scopus, among other data bases, processes that are still under way.
Similarly, our scientific journal is included in the Latindex information system, where it meets all 33 excellence criteria considered. We are also listed in the following databases.
Also noteworthy is the fact that we are evaluated by the IN-RECS (Impact Index of Spanish Magazines of Social Sciences), where we are considered a “source journal”. According to this index, in terms of accumulated impact 1994-2009, we hold the 13th position in the field of Education (156 publications) with a ratio of 481 citations (421 national and 60 international citations) / 619 article, that is to say, 0.78 citations / article. Also in this index, our publication holds a remarkable 3rd position in terms of the number of international citations received.
The journal is divided into seven sections, which together with the variable miscellaneous (Apunts for the XXI Century, Opinion, Woman and Sport, Scientific and Letters Replies, Abstracts of doctoral theses) make their usual content. The sections are as follows:
• Social Sciences – Forum “José María Cagigal”.
• Physical Activity and Health.
• Physical Education.
• Sports Pedagogy.
• Physical Preparation.
• Sports Training.
• Sports Management, Active Leisure and Tourism.
With an annual print run of 8.000 copies, apunts EDUCACIÓN FÍSICA Y DEPORTES is published on paper in Spanish and Catalan versions and includes abstracts in English of all articles, along with the summary and the table of contents of previous issues also in English. Copies can be obtained at the INEFC campuses in Barcelona and Lleida, at the Bookshops of the Generalitat de Catalunya in Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida, Girona and Madrid and in specialised bookshops.
Periodicity: 4 Issues are published per year: Winter Issue (January-March, Spring Issue (April-June), Summer Issue (July-September) and Autumn Issue (October-December)
The price of the annual subscription on paper (4 copies) is 20 euros in Spain and 30 euros for subscriptions abroad. The price of each copy if purchased separately is 6 euros. All articles can also be accessed online from the journal website, where all issues of the journal are available. Our website provides access to over 1.000 articles, which can be browsed using a search tool and can also be downloaded at no cost. In 2010 a total of 207,491 articles were downloaded, making an average of 17,290 monthly downloads, with a peak of 30,717.